Message #355: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: BLM Nationwide Programmatic Agreement And Arizona Date: Thu Oct 9 22:52:00 1997 [ AzTeC SWA SASIG ] : From: Christina Garza
In March of 1997, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (Council), and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) executed a Programmatic Agreement (PA). As its title indicates, the PA, which was developed in accordance with 36 CFR 800.13, governs the manner in which BLM will meet its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act. That agreement calls for several things to be accomplished before the provisions of the agreement can be implemented. One of those prerequisites is the development of a protocol that specifies the working relationship between the BLM and the State Historic Preservation Office. The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and BLM have been working to develop such an agreement, and the draft protocol offered for your review is the result of those efforts to date. Copies of the PA and the draft protocol are available in .PDF format from our web site. The PA has been executed as written; the protocol cannot change the terms of the national agreement. At this stage, it is important to focus our collective efforts on developing a protocol that fully implements the provisions of the PA, maximizing the benefits of increased communication, and identifying opportunities for all parties with an interest in or concern for the significant cultural resources of this state to express those concerns. Written comments will be accepted through November 10th and should be directed to James W. Garrison, State Historic Preservation Officer, Arizona State Parks, 1300 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona 85007. You are also invited to offer your comments and ask questions at a public meeting on Thursday, November 6th, at 1:00 p.m. That meeting will be held in the Arizona State Parks Board Room, which is located in the basement of 1300 W. Washington. Parking is available immediately north of the building and on the north side of Adams Street, behind the building. Please call the State Historic Preservation Office at (602) 542-4009 for further information.